Platte River WMA Restoration A Win-Win For Ducks, Duck Hunters

Improving spring migration habitat on public land.

Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. –-( Ducks Unlimited is restoring and enhancing several tracts along the Platte River in Nebraska thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET).

Partnering with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on the Platte River Wildlife Management Area Partnership grant, DU will remove invasive trees and excavate old remnant slough scars to restore hydrology and the function of wetlands and native grasslands on four wildlife management areas (WMAs).

“These projects will improve and increase available spring migration habitat along the central Platte River for thousands of ducks and geese as they move north to the breeding grounds,” said DU Regional Biologist Jonas Davis.

In the coming months, DU engineers will initiate topographic surveys and project designs for Bassway Strip, Dogwood, Blue Hole and Martin’s Reach WMAs.

The habitat work on the WMAs will also create and improve recreational opportunities for the public in the fall. A majority of the land along the Platte River is privately owned and it can be difficult to find access for waterfowl hunting each year. Improvements on the WMAs will create new areas for ducks and duck hunters. The NET grant will help DU meet its conservation goals and provide direct public benefit.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit Connect with us on our Facebook page at, follow our tweets at and watch DU videos at